Title: Love and Mystery Box Set
Series: Love & Mystery
Author: W.S. Long
Genre: Thriller, Erotic
Length: Novel (322pgs)
Publisher: JMS Books LLC (June 23, 2018)
Heat Level: Moderate – Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3 1/2 Hearts
Blurb: Both books in W.S. Long’s best-selling Love and Mystery series are now available together in one box set! Contains the stories:
Love and Murder — Jake Chandler is a struggling small-town Florida lawyer, and his life is falling apart. His ex-wife makes seeing his daughter difficult, his boyfriend Noah may be cheating on him, and his money woes are growing. Jake hopes that a new murder defense case will help with his money woes, but his ex-wife Elena is the prosecutor. It’s bad enough she has to fight with him over custody of their daughter. Now she wants nothing more than to beat him in the courtroom, too.
And then people around him start dying.
First, an ex-lover gets his brains blown out while he and Jake have coffee. The danger comes even closer. Then Jake meets handsome FBI agent Xavier, who is investigating the crimes surrounding him. Can Jake trust this new man in his life? Is Xavier who he says he is? Or does his involvement put Jake and those he loves in even more danger?
Love and Pain — After their too-thrilling courtship that included capturing his former lover’s killer, Jake Chandler has started a new life for himself with FBI agent Xavier. Living together is wonderful, but moving to Washington D.C. has resulted in temporary jobs that don’t last long. When Jake finally lucks out on a too-good-to-be-true position with a big law firm, Xavier suspects Jake’s new boss is crooked.
With some sleuthing, snooping, and close calls, Jake gets deeper into trouble at work, and conflicts with Xavier make his world start to crumble. When a key witness is shot to death in front of Jake, they both begin to realize how high the stakes are. Can Jake and Xavier get through these threats and find happiness with each other?
Review: Love and Murder:
Jake is a small town lawyer with his own firm. He’s in a relationship with Noah, the man he cheated on his ex with. There is a lot of bringing up the past with his his ex wife and ex lovers coming into the picture from time to time. I wondered if Jake actually knew how to be faithful to anyone. A murder has Frank hiring him to represent him in a murder trial. This case was wild with two other murders happening a long the way. Twists and turns abound as the killer or killers are tracked down as well as Jake meeting a new love interest that turns out to be someone he knows but doesn’t remember at first. I was disappointed we never found out who killed Hannah.
Love and Pain:
This book takes place a year after book one. Xavier, the FBI agent from book one, and Jake have moved in together and are trying to make a go of things. Between Jake not coming to grips with certain aspects of his past and Xavier keeping things from Jake the two have some disagreements from time to time. A job opportunity presents itself to Jake that may not be what it seems and the past comes back to haunt Jake.
I honestly enjoyed both these stories. There was no shortage of action, drama and suspense that seemed to follow Jake at all turns. Danger is around every corner and even the heroes are injured from time to time. The things that kept me from loving the first book was all the cheating that was brought up. It was obvious to me that Jake was never ready to commit to all those other relationships so it confused me as to why he married Elena and committed to the others. The second and most upsetting thing for me was all the sentences with missing words or words that were added that did not need to be there. This made for constantly having to reread sentences to understand what the story was trying to say at times. Not to mention Jake’s name was used when it should have been Xavier’s.